As I'm sitting here, its about 5 pm. In roughly seven hours, will begin a new decade. Don't know about you, but the last one was a doozy.
Very soon now it will be 2020 AD. For my more scientifically oriented or obstinate friends, we can replace, for you, the AD and use the more modern CE. It's OK. It doesn't really make a difference.
AD for those who don't know, is an abbreviation for the latin term "Anno Domini", which literally means 'the year of the Lord". More to the point, it actually means 'the year of OUR Lord. Anno Domini itself is short hand for "anno Domini nostri Jesu Christi", which translates to "in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ".
BC is the modifier for those historical years that occurred prior to 1 AD. It is an abbreviation for 'Before Christ'. Modern replacements for AD and BC are CE and BCE, meaning common era and before common era. Both systems are synchronous, meaning that they use the same beginning dates, just different modifiers. I suspect that 'lord' and 'Christ' were replaced for the usual reasons.
All over the world tonight you can see celebrations of the end of the last year and the beginning of the next. In Paris, Dubai, Sydney, Beijing, South AND North Korea, Japan, and practically everywhere across the globe there already have been or will be celebrations. You can see some of them here.
But here's the thing: despite many of these other nations having their own calendars, their own traditional 'first' year, they are each of them celebrating the coming year 2020 AD (or CE if you prefer). The important - the really important - point of this isn't the abbreviation. It's the date. Because roughly two thousand and twenty years ago, (Sure, the specific date isn't known, but that's not important.) a Light came into the world. An event occurred that changed everything. A baby was born. A King began his Reign. And he still does.
No other person, ruler, or lord was or is so important that the entire world, knowingly or not, begrudgingly or not, marks his appearance. And that is simply because no other person, ruler, or lord can hold a candle to our
"Nostri Jesu Christi"
Patrice and I pray that you all will have a wonderful, meaningful, and safe 2020 AD. Let your light shine. And from our snug little homestead in Northern Idaho, God bless you and happy New Year!
Today I read three different articles from three different sources. Each of the articles are on different subjects and one of the articles concerns the actions of a foreign nation (One of the articles is also about incoming legislation in California, so that might be construed as coming from another foreign nation.)
The articles, in no particular order are:
New California law will turn public schools into undisciplined free-for-all zones with students running roughshod over teachers
The new California law in question makes it "...illegal for public schools in the state to suspend students in first through fifth grade for willfully defying teachers or administrators. Then, from 2021 through 2025, it will be temporarily extended to kids in grades six through eight."
The reasoning given for this is that too many 'children of color' get suspended versus the pasty-faced students. Of course, taken to it's logical conclusion: if this is true than either young students of color are more defiant of authority and mouthy than their melanin-deficient peers, or the teachers and administrators who suspend these kids are racists.
In the minds of the godless socialists who run the California government, neither of these logical conclusions are palatable. The first can't be right because that would mean that children of color as a whole are deficient in manners and civilized behavior. But the second possible conclusion would mean that the educational establishment of California, a bastion of liberal and godless socialist thought (with deep campaign finance pockets to boot) is rife with racial bigots. Since neither of these options can be true in the minds of socialists, it better to further damage an already sub-standard educational monolith than to address reality and fix a broken system.
The godless liberal legislators simply cannot understand.
The second article reviews a recent "Meet the Press" episode hosted by NBC anchor Chuck Todd. The guest, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet told the host that, "We have to do a better job covering religion. We have to do a better job understanding why some people support Donald Trump." (He also earlier said that it was "odd" to be called a member of the elite.)
Host Chuck Todd then presented a letter from a reader of the Lexington Herald Leader which stated:
"Why do good people support Trump? It's because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales. This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good. The more fairy tales and lies he tells the better they feel. Show me a person that believes in Noah's ark, I will show you a Trump voter,"
Past comments and editorials by both Baquet and Todd would strongly suggest that despite any denials to the contrary, that they and their peers in the godless establish media agree with that letter writer. And denials aside, Both Baquet and Todd, as well as the rest of their cohorts in the 4th estate DO think that they are elites. But why it's so difficult to better understand those of Faith and those who voted for President Trump isn't explained. And I can't see why the media is having such a failure of illumination.
Any number of people have explained why they voted for Trump. Those explanations have been well-thought out and logical. Countless people of faith can and have explained their faith in God. Some of the greatest minds in history have written articles about the hell-on-earth that occurs when faith in God is absent in a land. Many great thinkers have produced books and movies about the differences between faith-based civilization and the howling wilderness that occurs whenever people turn from God.
But the godless socialist 'journalists' simply cannot understand.
In the last article, the godless socialist dictatorship of China is putting together a blue-ribbon panel to 'rewrite' the Bible. Why? Because the word of God is entirely antithetical to a socialist slave state.
"In November, a group of 16 representatives of different religions from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China were ordered by Wang Yang, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, to address the teachings of the Bible and other religious texts, and rewrite the “radical portions to reflect China’s national progressive stand,”
The Son of God tells us that we are to love God completely and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Reaching the totality of these commandments is impossible because we are all failed humans. But the effort to achieve them, the striving to reach these unreachable stars, is pleasing to God. And because of that effort by God's children, well ordered civilized societies are created. Not by the edicts of godless government or the might of the state, but by our desire to please God and serve our brothers and sisters - voluntarily.
The godless thugs of the Chinese government simply cannot understand.
Each of these articles are a slice of our times. The Godless elites in our governments, media and schools simply cannot understand. And that lack of understanding, and all of our growing troubles, and the collapse that is coming is easily explained by that one word: Godless.
Now up is an instructional article called "Woodcutting 101". You'll find it by clicking on the CURRENT HUMOR PIECE link above.
From the "who really cares" file, this:
Another reason to combat the obesity epidemic: scientists say overeating contributes to climate change
Yes. It's true. Being a bit porky (is that insensitive?) can result in your having a personal body carbon foot print twenty percent larger than that of your more svelte climate change marching partner. And this news could well end up spelling the end of climate change marches as we know them. After all, if being larger-than-life causes climate change, you'd better stay home rather than risk triggering some of your more calorie-deficient comrades. And if you look at some of the pictures online of the average climate change march that's a whole lot of tonnage that may go missing.
Researchers in this recent study found that global obesity was estimated to contribute to an extra 700 megatons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, or about 1.6% of all man-made emissions.
That's the equivalent of 3.5 million Al Gores
Or six Michael Moores
And I'm sure that we can all agree that an additional six Michael Moores per year is in no one's best interest.
Researchers posited that "Obese people have greater carbon dioxide production from oxidative metabolism than individuals with a so-called normal weight." and assert(ed) "...that maintenance of greater body weight requires more food and drinks to be produced and transported to the consumers. Similarly, transportation of heavier people is associated with increased consumption of fossil fuels, basically an assumption of more driving and less walking or bike riding, which may not be true of all obese people."
Surprisingly, the scientists who concocted this study missed a couple of vital factors that could only push the individual carbon footprint higher. Consider if you will (stead there, we're scientists here!) the bolts of cotton necessary to gird just the loins of Al Gore. We're talking the equivalent of burning rain forests! And a Michael Moore sized polyester suit might just as well be the EXxon Valdez ramming into the Aleutians again.
But even more insidious, what about methane production? Seems a little suspicious that the folks at The Obesity Journal failed to include methane in their calculus. I mean, give me a plate of spaghetti & meat balls and a couple of pieces of garlic bread and I can produce enough methane to punch a three foot diameter hole in the ozone layer. I have to figure that those who are even more gravitudinally challenged than I, can attend a county fair at lunch time and thin the stratosphere sufficiently to cause third-degree sunburns over several miles. And that doesn't include the elephant ears.
So here's what I think all you climate denier deniers should do to save Gaia.
Skipping just two consecutive months of food will go a long way towards cutting megatons of greenhouse gases. Don't do it for the children.
Do it for the planet.
Adm. Mike Rodgers - hero
On March 21 of 2017, Politico ran an article by Jana Heigl titled:
A timeline of Donald Trump’s false wiretapping charge
In that article, a deranged President Trump on March 4 is quoted as saying "just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’.
Much hilarity ensued within the media and a complete and full denial was made by ex-President Obama's spokesperson Kevin Lewis, saying "...neither Barack Obama nor any White House official under Obama ever ordered surveillance of any U.S. citizen."
Of course, we now know that this was a bald-face lie.
But one of the reasons we know this, and the first break in the despicable UGA attack on President Trump, his voters, the Constitution, and the rule of law, was because of one man; Admiral Mike Rodgers, then Director of the National Security Agency. For a rundown of just what Admiral Rogers did (and be prepared to decipher spook-speech) take a look at this article and especially the time line provided:
For those who's eyes cross with all the gobbledeegoop, here's the Cliff notes on a few of the more important points.
Admiral Rodgers found out that electronic information collected by the NSA, which was supposed to be extremely limited in use and compartmentalized with regards to American citizens, was being hoovered (see that) up by the FBI and Obama's Justice Department and other agencies for the purposes- in part - of launching counter-intelligence investigations against the incoming President and his staff. (I say in part, because I think that when all of this finally comes to light, we'll also see a fair bit of extortion and blackmail in the mix as well.)
Admiral Rodgers made both a verbal and written report to the FISA Court about the unlawful use of this intelligence information but apparently the Court was taking a nap or something, because even though the FISA Court had already authorized a wide-reaching surveillance on Trump staffer Carter Page a few days before Rodgers reported his finding to the Court, the FISA court not only didn't rescind it's authorization, it allowed a renewal of that surveillance three more times over the next year. (More on the FISA court later.)
But here's the most important thing. The thing that makes Rogers a star. On November 17, 2016, Rogers met with then President-Elect Trump in Trump Tower.
But he didn't tell his boss, then Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper about the meeting.
Purely a coincidence I'm sure, but that same day, after the meeting between Rodgers and Trump, the President-elect's transition team, in a surprise move, leaves Trump Towers in New York and heads for Trump's Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Of course I wasn't there (I was busy that day.) But it doesn't take a political scientist to put two and two together and arrive at the National Debt. If Admiral Rodgers had not done his duty as an officer and a gentleman, it would have been some time, perhaps a very long time, before the new and inexperienced Trump team would have found out about the monstrous and treasonous plot against him.
But because President Trump was warned about being "wiretapped", he was able to short-circuit a lot of the unfinished plans of the UGA co-conspirators.
In my less-than-humble opinion, that 'sailor's duty' to the Commander-in-Chief performed by Admiral Rodgers may well have saved the Republic.
From an old PO3 and a fellow tin can sailor, thank you sir for your service.
Hope everyone is having a joyous celebration of the King's birth. Today, the family is off to a friends house for dinner. So here's a few of the things that tickled my funny bone over the last week. More Malcontent tomorrow.
When I was younger, I knew practically everything. And because I was so knowledgeable, I used to use my great all inclusive intellect to make predictions. For instance, I knew that the calendar change from 1999 to 2000 was likely to be the end of the world (technology-wise anyway). I was certain, based on my extensive reading and amazing cognitive functions, that Bush/Clinton/Bush (again)/Clinton (nearly again)/Obama would be recognized as the UGA shills that they certainly were and are. (Being fair, I was, by the time of Obama, beginning to doubt my omniscience.)
But with the continuing passage of the years and despite the fact that I have not physically aged since 1990, I have come - reluctantly - to accept that the future is being deliberately obstinate in refusing to follow my well-thought-out plans.
So it's with great reluctance that I have to admit that with regards to two current events with significant national importance, I am entirely clueless on what the future will bring.
The two events that are vexing me are:
Logic is of no use for either of these events. Sure, the whole 'impeachment' idea was positively Iranian. But there is no way to make a win out of declaring that the impeachment of President Trump was so important and immediately necessary for the nation's safety that the Congress couldn't wait for the courts to compel the administration 'witnesses' to testify; but not so important that the trial in the Senate should be expedited (or held at all).
Right now, the American people are more interested in figgy pudding than impeachment. And the longer that Pelosi refuses to complete the impeachment process, the less interested they will be. The only thing I can think of that might account for this reluctance to act on the Speaker's part is a brain-freeze of climate change proportions. (This could also explain the deer-in-the-headlights look in Nancy's eyes, but that might also be attributable to one too many botox shots.)
Seriously, I have no clue. This is a lose-lose-lose for the Democrats, no matter which way you look at it. Stupid. But I'd expect nothing less.
Virginia's insane new gun laws. WTH? (heck, so don't get offended). What set of gamma idiots with white boards came up with these? Particularly in a state who's flag bears the words "Sic semper tyrannis".
With the exception of the northern counties; now de facto suburbs of D.C., the rest of the state is the literal home of Bo, Luke, and Daisy (Ahh Daisy): the stomping ground of Jed, Granny, and Elly Mae (Ahh Elly Mae). (Yes I know these fictional characters weren't located in Virginia per se, but they could have been, and no one would have batted an eye.)
And the Virginia State numbskulls are seriously positing that if the ninety-plus percent of Virginia counties won't toe the line, then they'll send in the state cops or even the National Guard to confiscate weapons from the now-felonious citizens? Can you imagine being a Virginia state trooper and having your boss assign you to collect guns door to door in places like Richlands or Big Stone Gap?
There would be a whole lot less state troopers; and not because they were shot.
The new Governor of Virginia and his minions have painted themselves into a corner. I can't imagine what they're going to do. If they persist, they will lose; at a minimum politically. If they fold, their political futures are toast. And if they double down then Katie bar the door; the rest of the Union will actively take sides.
In a few of author Robert Heinlein's syfy novels, he used the term "the crazy years" to describe the decay of sanity in his near future. I suggest we're there. But I got no idea what's coming next.
I must not be as smart as I was when I was younger.
Just posted this week's piece titled: The Ghost of Eggnog Past. You can click the link above to read it. Hope you enjoy.